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4 Tips for Using an Automatic Cat Litter Box

An automatic cat litter box or a self-cleaning box is a necessary tool for people with cats. It provides an appropriate place, which is private, for dumping waste-whether urine or feces- for the cat.

The owner can enjoy numerous benefits with it since he or she does not have to touch the cat’s waste when emptying it, especially if it freaks you out. Since they are automatic, they contain a receptacle that holds large amounts of the trash for a specified time.

However, for some, the automatic version may be a new phenomenon to them. Therefore, how do you use it? The following four tips could be helpful to anyone.

1. Place it in a private place

Cats have an instinct in them that loves privacy. It is rare to see it urinate or “do their business” when others are watching.

Usually, the cat will look for a hidden spot, and eliminate the waste there. Since it may be difficult to potty train the animal, it may call for the litter box. Once you purchase it, be sure to place it in a location where there is low traffic; otherwise, it will look for other alternatives.

Be assured that the cat will head to that direction every time it feels the need. By the way, some self-cleaning litter boxes have night-lights, which make it easy for the cat to locate it in the dark.

2. Introduce the cat to it

Once you have a sweet spot, your work is to introduce your pet to the new litter box. You can do the following things to prevent you from frightening your furry friend.

Primarily, place it near its previous litter box. That will enable it to feel secure and safe with it. Next, add some unscented litter into the box to communicate that it is a safe place to litter. You can buy crystal litter or go for sand if all the other types fail to work.

It may take some time before the cat changes their peeing spot. Sometimes, you may have to change the type of litter you are using severally before he or she gets used to it.

3. Adjust the rake time appropriately

Most self-cleaning litter boxes have a rake that assists in dropping the animal waste into the receptacle, located beneath the litter box.

The rake has a timer, and what that timer does is that it waits for the cat to leave the box, then it will roll over the remaining stuff on it. You, therefore, have to set the timer correctly to prevent it from toppling your kitten into the receptacle, which is disgusting for any cat.

Note that most boxes have a limit; thus, it may be almost rare for the cat to go under the litter box. However, ensure that the timeframe is long enough.

4. Maintain the litter box

Always empty the receptacle often. The odor may fill the room if the waste under the litter box is in excess. The number of times you change will depend on the number of cats you have.

Besides that, you have to buy from reputable brands. If you are looking for one, be sure to read full buying guide on the same. A wise cat owner should clean the box regularly. It is also appropriate that you buy a new automatic litter box once a year.

Check the animal waste occasionally to note if the cat is ailing from any diseases. The cat’s waste will help you observe any changes in the cat’s health.

Best Automatic Cat Litter Boxes?

This is actually a good video showing a list of the top automatic litter boxes out there. If you have a few minutes, it’s worth watching:


Be sure to place the box farthest from your pet’s eating spot. If you have many cats, it will require that you buy more boxes to encourage privacy amongst each of them.

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Puppy Companions: 10 Pets That Get Along Famously With Dogs

What pets get along best with dogs? Did you know the AKC (American Kennel Club) recognizes 190 various dog breeds? No matter their breeding, dogs are pack animals, and if you’re looking to increase the size of your home pack, you’re probably wondering which animals will get along best with your furry friend.

We’ll help you out with our list of 10 pets that get along famously with dogs. These dog friends make great companions for many reasons, including playfulness, like with ferrets or cats.

Before we get to our list of 10 puppy companions though, we want to guide you through how to choose your dog’s new buddy.

Keep reading to learn how to properly introduce your pup to one of these companion pets in order to keep both animals safe and happy.

Making Dog Friends: First, Know Your Dog

Before you can hope that your dog and your new pet will become best friends, you have to understand your dog’s innate and unique personality traits. There are certain types of breeds that can make introducing companion pets trickier.

This comes down to your dog’s drive to hunt for prey. If your dog is one of the following breeds (or a mix of them) be prepared for their predation drive to kick in when they meet a companion animal.

  • Herding breeds, like German Shepherds
  • Terriers, like Jack Russell Terriers
  • Sporting breeds, like Cocker Spaniels
  • Hounds, like Beagles

If your dog falls into one of these groups, don’t despair. A companion for your puppy isn’t impossible, but you might have to devote extra time or pick pets your dog is less likely to prey on.

For example, terriers were originally bred to hunt rodents. So, if you have visions of your Jack Russell romping around with a hamster, you’ll probably be disappointed.

Or, if you have a German Shepherd, don’t expect that your dog will know not to boss around a pair of sheep you get to be its companions. You need to understand your dog’s breeding and how it will affect their instincts.

You also need to know your dog’s personality. Some dogs are calm, some are hyper; some are aggressive, some are timid.

Understanding your dog’s unique traits will help you decide which companion pet is right for your home.

Meeting Your Pup’s New Bestie: How To Handle Introductions

The first thing you should do is let your pup get a sniff of the newest member of your household. Do this from behind a closed door so your dog can’t see the new animal.

Once your dog has lost interest in that scent–and this can take a week or more–then you can prepare for them to meet face-to-face. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Get both pets checked out with a veterinarian visit to make sure they’re free of infections and infestations.
  2. Make sure your new pet has somewhere safe to hide away from the dog’s reach and sight if it’s smaller than your dog.
  3. Put your pup on a leash in case your dog gets too excited at the sight of your new pet. Keep your dog two to three feet away from your new pet.
  4. Be patient. You may have to handle these intros for a few minutes at a time, several times a day.

Wait until your dog loses interest in the new pet before you allow unleashed interactions. Even then, monitor your pets.

Look out for signs of aggression from your dog, such as:

  • Growling
  • Raised ears
  • More panting than usual
  • Barking

Keeping an eye out for these signs can help keep both your animals safe before a problem arises. You never want to get your hand in the way of your dog’s teeth, so stopping a problem before it erupts into a fight or predatory behavior can keep you safe, too.

10 Best Pup Friends

Now that you know how to go about introducing a new animal to your house and pack, here’s our list of the 10 best friends for dogs.

  • Rabbits
  • Birds
  • Hamsters and gerbils
  • Guinea pigs
  • Chickens
  • Horses
  • Sheep
  • Pigs
  • Cats
  • Ferrets

Depending on which of the above animals you select, there are some pet-specific guidelines you should adhere to.

Smaller pets like hamsters and gerbils are great because they have their own cages where they can be safe. However, depending on the size and weight of your dog, some of these smaller animals can be hurt by accident if your dog plays with them.

If you’re partial to cats, see if you can adopt a cat that has lived with a dog before. The cat will have an easier time adjusting to your house and your dog.

After dogs, cats, birds, and horses are America’s most popular pets. They make good companions in general for dogs, especially if they meet each other when they’re young.

Ferrets can be both prey and predator to dogs. Sometimes they might run and hide while other times they might try to chase your dog and nip at them.

To prevent aggression between ferrets and dogs, you should afford each their own private space. For example, separate your dog’s kibble and your Wysong ferret food.

Bonus Tip: “Sibling” Rivalry

Whether you plan to own dogs and cats or dogs and other animals–even other dogs–it’s important to remember that your first dog might feel displaced when a new pack member moves in.

Even the best companion dogs can make your first pup feel less loved if you’re not careful to spend time alone with your first dog. The key tip in how to introduce dogs to other animals is to make sure your first fur-baby continues to feel as much love and attention as before.

First dogs will act out even in the best of dog and cat–or dog and other animal–relationships if their humans don’t give them the love they’ve grown accustomed to.

Spread The Knowledge

Did you find this article helpful? Do you know dog people who might be looking to add a new pet to their home?

Help ensure the transition goes smoothly, for their pets and your human friend alike. Help them make the most out of their relationships with their pup and their dog friends to bring health and harmony to their pack and home: share this article.